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About Gergely

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    Imaginary Blacksmith
  • Birthday 05/05/1979

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    Hungary, Europe
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    old Central-African blade designs, blacksmithing (beginner), junkyards and reusing junkyard steel

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  1. Thanks, Aus, that was the idea you mentioned earlier. Funnily I left the first piece in the house, so they don't match. But as I said I learned a lot about this thing: I won't do another without a jig. At least the big hook part has to be done on the jig, but I consider making a stem-bender, too. Today it hit me, I should mix my small flowers with this design: the two stem variation could get a leaf and a flower head. I still have a couple of those to spare: Bests: Gergely
  2. Yes. I was also thinking of making a slightly curved veining chisel - nature doesn't like straight lines that much. And maybe a bit sharper edge on it.
  3. Oh, thank you, but I go on with the painful self-sacrificing way I began. Neglecting any fun or happiness. It's really not a pleasing path but I'll do it for the human race. (Obviusly) G
  4. I'll try that! Thanks g
  5. Made a cold punch out of this material. Point heated to over bright orange, air cooled. Tested it a bit on mild plate - no chipping, no deforming at the point. It holds up nice and does the job. Also "tested" tempering, at blue color it losts its hardness pretty much. Before I started to forge the punch, tried to break the 3/4x5/8" cross section full hardened stock by hitting it with a 4lbs hammer - no damage. Any ideas? Bests: Gergely
  6. Made another one as an opposite piece, can't say I'm very pleased, but learned a bit again:
  7. only one bar of this kind. it's still 5' long exactly! that's why i'm confused. after forging it I didn't expect any hardening at all. I try and cut the hardened part to see if it hardened all the way trough. Also trying to temper it (blindfolded). If I achieve some toughness it can be good for some nice looking forged tooling. It can be forged decoratively while hot, let's see how undangerous it can be when using it. Thanks for your input! Bests: Gergely
  8. Hi All, I know that this kind of ask for help is way out there because there are thousands of alloys and who knows what might show up in a Hungarian scrapyard. Still if you could give some pointer thoughts, search criteria or anything, it would be great. So, I found a 32mm/1 1/4" dia, 2m/6' long piece of steel bar. I was told it was brought in with a bunch of 304 stainless steel rods, and also with some 420 type stock I identified pretty surely. This bar in question has shiny appearance as a round bar stock. It is normally magnetic. While spark testing it threw short bright orange sparks, there seem to be low/very low carbon in it, and nothing I could recognize as distinctive element (ie. Tungsten or Chrome). In its original state files bit it very easily. After spark testing gave me no useful information I thought I try to forge it. Under my 30kg/70lbs springhammer at orange heat it forged like butter, easier than mild steel in same size. When I gave it some taper (but no sharp point) I tried the three step harening test. First I heated it to high orange (where 420 types harden when quenching) and let it cool in open air. Next morning I ran a file on it and it air hardened so much that no file bit it, not even at the corners. Hardening is consistent at the whole surface it was heated. Non heated surface remained soft. If these infos ring a bell to anyone, please feel free to share. Or about any more testing which could provide more usable information. Also if you got some ideas what to use this material for it is welcome, too. Thank you for time and energy! Bests: Gergely
  9. Thanks, Thomas! That's real good outside the box thinking. G
  10. Thanks, Aus! Interesting to hear about harder nail material. I always tought nails are made of pretty soft steel. My nail sure moved like butter while hot.
  11. They arrived today! Boy those are big nails! These are 9mm/3/8" thick. Prototype experimenting on Ausfire's path :
  12. Some recent ironware that followed me home: Some plastic injection moulding die parts from two batch of scrapped dies. There are more similar parts that can't be seen in the pict.They make a pretty strong a variable bending jig. A 22kg/48lbs anvil for travelling. I really don't need that 114lbs with me all the time This baby is pretty unique, it's a cast steel anvil that the workers of a casting company made back in the socialist times, just for their own needs/fun. Has pretty nice rebound. This scrapped copper band I couldn't resist. It's perfect size for bracelets, pure copper, and 8,5 m/25 feet long. How could I resist... These two rings I found and thought: Nr1 they can come handy sometimes, Nr2 they are so precious... we musts have them... And about a week later I found out why I was right: you can do pretty serious damage with a 9kg/20lbs ring when applied on hot steel: Bests: Gergely
  13. True that! I got a bit distracted for the last two days as our heating system broke down in the house. In the middle of an actual winter, with two little kids in the house. Now I try to get the focus back on the job. Thank you for posting your thoughts, keep them coming. Bests: Gergely
  14. Dear Glenn, There was more than one blacksmithing gem in the above comment G
  15. Yeah! It's the season for it. Fully closed workshop here yet the snow managed to get in